Dental Technology

31
Oct

We’re Now Experts at Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy!

 

“Nothing is as important than taking the next breath,” said Dr. Roger Price, Director of Professional Services at the Graduate School for Behavioral Health Sciences during a recent continuing education course that Dr. Bell and two of our rockstar dental hygienists, Diana and Lou Ann, recently attended.

Orofacial Myofunctional TherapyThe course, which was sponsored by the San Antonio Academy of General Dentistry, focused on the importance of nasal breathing for the body to function effectively and covered the latest research on breathing from Dr. Price.

In Dr. Price’s words: “The medical model has failed and it is time for the dentists to take over. Sleep does NOT disorder breathing; it just makes already dysfunctional breathing worse.” Dr. Price coined the phrase, Breathing Disordered Sleep, which is the breathing that causes sleep issues (not sleep disordered breathing).

Our team learned how to screen for undiagnosed breathing disorders that are impacting your quality of life. We’re able to evaluate your breathing to see if there is an issue, and if one is detected we can help you to retrain yourself to breath effectively with Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

teaches a patient how to use the proper posture and function of the muscles of the face and mouth. Improper function of these muscles can negatively impact breathing, breastfeeding, proper growth and development of the face and jaws, chewing, swallowing, alignment of teeth, speech, bite, snoring, sleep, jaw joint movement and function, stability of orthodontic treatment, gum disease, and more. Who knew it was so important?! This therapy can be used for patients that have suffered a stroke, young children with jaw malformation, and also with kids who have ADD diagnosis.

Do you think you may have a breathing issue? Call us to schedule an appointment and our team can help!

Dr Bell is committed to always providing the best treatments available for all of his patients and has paid tuition for Lou Ann who is nearing completion of her Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Certification.It will be so exciting for us to be able to offer these screenings and services in our office soon.

 

18
Sep

Why Are Switching to Oryx Practice Management Software

We’re excited to announce that we are in the process of updating to a new software called Oryx (from Dentrix) to manage your care. Here’s some information about Oryx!

  • Oryx is a single, global cloud-based platform that offers everyone in our dental office the ability to serve or patients more efficiently and effectively.
  • Engagement tools for patients like you, along with a science-based clinical module, automated risk assessment and diagnosis, and billing and advanced reporting all in one place. 
  • Not only is data gathering more efficient and beneficial for your care now, but Oryx was also designed specifically to align with our Kois Center training. 
  • When coming in for the first time as a new patient or getting a regular check-up, Oryx helps us provide a full mouth health report on your teeth, gums, bite and jaw joint and appearance. 
  • One of the things we’re most excited about how patient-centered and patient-friendly Oryx is. You will walk out the door with a color-coded written report— with red for areas that need immediate attention, yellow for areas that need to be monitored and may become concerns down the road, and green for healthy areas of the mouth that function well and look good. 
  • We are training and learning the new Oryx software, and should be converted over the next month or so.  Our goal is to be ‘live’ on Oryx by November 1st.
  • While we do not anticipate any difficulties on the conversion, if there are some ‘hiccups’……pardon our progress!

We can’t wait for you to experience it and look forward to seeing you during your next appointment! If you’re due for a checkup visit, call us at 512.327.7750.

12
Jul

Cosmetic Dentistry Toolkit Spotlight on ClearCorrect

It’s no secret that everyone wants beautiful, straight smiles! To help our patients achieve this, ClearCorrect invisible braces are a great alternative to metal braces. No wires and no brackets … just clear, convenient comfort — and lots of great reasons to smile.

 

With ClearCorrect, we can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth. 

 

This remarkably effective and discreet solution aligns and straightens a broad range of conditions. Compared to traditional wires and brackets, clear aligners are:

  • Comfortable. Compared to traditional braces, clear aligners are comfortable.
  • Removable. It’s easy to remove aligners and eat whatever you like. There are no wires to trap food or get in the way when you floss.
  • Discreet. Clear aligners show off your smile, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Dr. Bell had metal braces before invisible braces were an option, and we asked him to share a memory or experience from that time with us. In case you’re in need of a chuckle, here’s what he said: 

“I was having a nice dinner at Pecan Street Cafe with my wife at the time, and we were splitting an order of blueberry crepes. I said something witty (I thought) and smiled. Then she started laughing hysterically, and I kept asking her what was so funny? She couldn’t stop laughing every time I talked, and finally she told me to go look at my teeth in the bathroom (while still laughing). I went to the restroom and discovered I had soft blueberries in every wire and bracket of my braces! It looked so bad I started laughing hysterically too!”

On the flip side of that story, our amazing longtime patient Katie Blackwell is one of the many fans and users of ClearCorrect at our dental office. Katie says: 

“I love picking up my Clear Correct aligners so my teeth can be even more straight and perfect! Huge thanks to the BEST dentist in all of the land, Dr. Michael C. Bell. ♥️

Contact us today to find out if you are a good candidate for this minimally invasive technique for straightening teeth. To find out more about Dr. Bell’s clear orthodontics, click here.

12
Jun

CEREC crowns made in one appointment at the Westlake Hills office of Dr. Michael C. Bell

We are Proud to Offer the Latest in Single-Visit Crown Technology! – *CEREC Primescan*

CEREC Primescan is a breakthrough computerized 3D technology and replaces the CEREC Omnicam with improved ease of use for the patient and accuracy for the dentist. This technology allows us to create custom dental crowns and veneers right in our office. By using this advanced technology, we can give our patients custom excellently matched and, superbly fitted dental crowns— all during a single appointment!

The creation and placement of a custom-designed dental crown is one of the most commonly performed treatments in dentistry. Dental crowns fit over the entire tooth and are typically used to reinforce a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed. They are also normally required for restoring teeth after root canal procedures and placing teeth on dental implants. Crowns are one of the most predicable and long-lasting dental restorations.

Single-Visit Crown Technology Austin

In the past, crowns and other types of dental restorations traditionally required a time-consuming process that would normally take weeks. With advances in the CEREC in-office milling system, that process can be completed in about TWO HOURS rather than TWO WEEKS!  No temporary crowns, no second visit to fit the crowns! CEREC crowns can be made right here at the Westlake Hills office of Dr. Michael C. Bell in a single appointment!

CEREC dental crowns also do not require you to have a physical dental impression, which necessitates placing a gooey impression material in a tray in your mouth for several minutes. With CEREC, the impression is taken digital scan and a digital file is created, then a computer program is used to design your dental restoration to a very custom dental anatomy based on incredible algorithms to mimic your existing natural teeth. The result— Westlake Hills dentist Dr. Bell will create a precisely fitting and natural looking dental crown.

CEREC crowns are ultimately superior to Lab made crowns. Studies show that CEREC crowns are more accurate than a lab-fabricated crown.

The process in which a lab crown is made has so many steps involved which can introduce inaccuracies from the initial impression to the variability of the laboratory techniques and skill of the lab technician. Even if all the variables in the impression and laboratory are as perfect as they can be, it’s still not as accurate as a direct 3D scan of the mouth directly into the computer, and the milling process is much more accurate in the fit of the final crown.

While the large majority of our crowns will be scanned and made ‘in house’, there are situations where the optical scanner may not be able to ‘read’ the whole tooth. So, if the crown must go way below the gumline due to decay or an old restoration that was placed deeply to begin with, the technique with impressions and temporary crowns will be necessary. This will be the exception, but will give the better result in certain cases where the scanner optics cannot ‘see’ below the gumline.

With CEREC Primescan, your restoration is scanned accurately within a few microns and then the crown is milled in less than five minutes.  We then will place the crown in our porcelain oven to crystallize, harden and characterize the porcelain to match your other teeth. The CEREC crowns often times need virtually no adjustments and is placed the same day. This is especially beneficial for multiple crowns as the computer will design everything as ideally as possible, taking into account the patient’s bite and current dentition, as well as the patients desires and Dr. Bells care, skill, and judgement.

The Primescan and CEREC milling technology is an outward sign of our commitment to provide the most advanced and comfortable care for our patients. It is a pleasure to be of service to you, your family, and friends

See if you are a good candidate for the CEREC crown.

Schedule a Consultation today